Ice Music is exactly what the name suggests-music made with ice.
About the ICEstruments:
The Ice Music project in Luleå is initiated by the founder Tim Linhart, working as an ice artist since 30 years, who builds all the ICEstruments himself at home in his garden. Building the ICEstruments is a delicate craftsmanship that requires great patience and also the right cold temperature, so that the ice will have the right elasticity and be possible to sculpt without breaking.
The ICEstruments are very fragile and need to be handled carefully by the musicians tuning and playing on them. For example the ICEviolin usually hung in ropes from the ceiling for a safety reason and it’s thickness, down to only 3 mm in some parts, needs a special plastic protection shield to prevent the musicians warm breath from making a hole in the body of the ICEstrument.
See them perform in this video:
If you think about the greatest women scientists throughout history, Marie SkÅodowska-Curie is probably at the top of the list. For good reason - she is still, after all, the only person in history to win two Nobel prozes in two sciences. However, for many people she remains theÂ onlyÂ historicalÂ female scientist they have heard of. Because March 8 is International Womenâs Day, here is an introduction to some women who have made incredible contributions to science. Valentina Tereshkova
Valerie Thomas: Why she kicks ass
- She is a scientist and inventor, who invented the illusion transmitter for which she received a patent in 1980. (This is an invention that NASA continues to use to this day.)
- She went to an all-girls school where she did not receive any training in the sciences. Implicit stereotypes contributed to this, as the girls school did not teach the students about math or science, so she had to educate herself about those subjects. She later attended Morgan State University, and was one of two women in majoring in physics.
- She worked at NASA, first as a data analyst and then moving on to oversee the creation of the Landsat program, then as project manager for the Space Physics Analysis Network and was associate chief for NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office. She also participated in projects related to Halley’s Comet, ozone research, and the Voyager spacecraft.
- She retired in August 1995 as Space Science Data Operations Officer, serving as manager of the NASA Automated Systems Incident Response Capability and serving as chair of the SSDOO Education Committee.
- She is currently an associate at the UMBC Center for Multicore Hybrid Productivity Research, and also serves as a mentor for youth through the Science Mathematics Aerospace Research and Technology and National Technical Association.
When I was growing up I wanted to be an astronaut. Since it is such a competitive field, however, I was realistic about my chances and so was determined to find an exciting career at NASA that I loved whether or not I was selected to be an astronaut.
I began my NASA career by working as a student intern in the Aerodynamics Branch at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. I enjoyed my experience in aerodynamics so much that I decided to work in that field. I remained in the aerodynamics branch for 12 years until I became a Project Manager; the position I currently hold.
During my 17 years at NASA Dryden, I have worked on several projects including: the F-18 SRA ALADIN, F-16XL Supersonic Laminar Flow Control, Space Shuttle, X-43A, and the Crew Exploration Vehicle and Orion programs. Each of these has given me new and unique experiences. The X-43A project was a very emotional one. I joined the project in 1997 during the buildup phase to first flight in 2001. The first flight experienced a failure that led to a nine-month mishap investigation followed by a two-year recovery effort. We learned a lot from the failure and, during the mishap investigation and recovery effort, were able to make improvements that allowed us to have extremely successful second and third flights.MORE @ Women at NASA
I have stumbled upon this and I could not resist the temptation to make a slight modification. I like it better now. Happy Women’s Day!
NASA and the White House are currently debating the agency’s budget for 2015. The administration is asking NASA to shave 1% off its 2014 budget — which would amount to a $186 million cut. Of course, Congress is set to propose its own budget, but for now it looks like the the final number will be somewhere around the $17.5 billion figure.
A Form of Happiness: Dopamine
We have all felt the rush and experienced the feeling of happiness, and Speculative Design artist Jessica Charlesworth, along with her husband, Product Designer Tim Parsons, has made it tangible. The couples’ A Form of Happiness project has masterfully resulted in their creation of a wood and magnetic representation of the neurotransmitter responsible for releasing the chemical that fuels our desire for happiness. The effects of the organic chemical, dopamine, are likened to the euphoric feeling and pleasurable physical reaction to things such as searching through sale racks while shopping, enjoying a delicious meal, or the pleasure received from engaging in sexual activity.
A Form of Happiness, displayed as the physical model of dopamine, is part of a kit that allows user to assemble the wooden pieces into the chemical compound strand. Each part is held together by embedded neodymium magnets. The kit includes examples of the various roles that the physical piece could take on and provides a more vivid display of what occurs during moments when dopamine is released. Charlesworth and Parsons pose the question, ‘What makes you happy?’ and while the answers will vary by person, as their model and kit prove, the feeling is the same for everyone. Happiness is a simple chemical reaction we seek it throughout life; a chemical bit of magic.
- Lee Jones
Art like this makes me happy.
Dr. Reatha Clark King
Born in south Georgia more than 70 years ago, Dr. Reatha Clark King has overcome many obstacles in compiling stunning achievements in the fields of science, education, philanthropy and corporate governance. In this interview with NACD Directorship’s Jeffrey M. Cunningham, King describes how she got started toward long tenures on five public company boards. Prior to her retirement last year, she served on the ExxonMobil board for 13 years. She also served for many years on the boards of Wells Fargo, HB Fuller, Minnesota Life and Lenox Group. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of Chicago before securing an MBA at Columbia in 1977, and has since been awarded 14 honorary degrees. She ran the General Mills Foundation for 14 years. She is a life trustee at the University of Chicago, and a member of the Allina Health System and NACD boards of directors.
How did your background contribute to your career and achievements?
I grew up in rural south Georgia and was taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Moultrie. Like everyone in my family, I picked cotton and worked on tobacco farms for a living until age 17—and I am proud to say I was good at it, too. That upbringing taught me that to keep your sanity, you must be a student of change. The second thing was that helping to improve circumstances for people and organizations is what really motivates me.
Did you ever imagine you would become a college president and then a renowned corporate board director? Not even in my dreams.
What was the turning point?
It was 1954, the same year as the Brown v. Topeka Supreme Court decision, which desegregated schools. Although my father was illiterate and my mother had only finished third grade, they both believed strongly in education. So when I finished high school, I entered Clark College in Atlanta, a Methodist institution that was started to help children descended from black slaves. I graduated in 1958 with degrees in chemistry and math.
How did you pay for college?
My scholarship plus a summer job as a live-in maid in upstate New York each summer allowed me to earn the money to pay the tuition. Unlike the movie The Help, I worked for a wonderful and truly enlightened woman, Mrs. Dann, who led me to see myself with dignity and introduced me to the public library, Rockefeller Center, Yankee Stadium, the opera house and Riverside Church.
I am excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for AbGradCon 2014! This is the 10th annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon), an interdisciplinary conference encompassing all fields of astrobiological research. Previous attendees have come from fields as diverse as astronomers, biologists, chemists, educators, engineers, geologists, planetary scientists, and social scientists and is a great opportunity to not only interact with scientists doing similar research, but to become exposed to the diverse research in this field. This conference is organized by and for graduate students and early-career scientists (within two years of graduation) and will be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY on July 27 – 31, 2014.
In order to promote interaction amongst early career astrobiologists we strive to provide the majority of funding to U.S. based attendees (and try to support international attendees as much as possible) and give a priority to applicants who have not previously attended an AbGradCon. Graduate students and early-career scientists whose research addresses a topic relevant to astrobiology are encouraged to visit the website for information on the abstract application, funding for US-affiliated participants and more: http://abgradcon.org. Also, find us on Facebook or on saganet.org. Abstracts are due by March 31, 2014.
AbGradCon attendees are also invited to apply for this year’s Research Focus Group, to be held prior to AbGradCon (July 25th - 27th). It’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in grant-funded science (undergrads, grad students, and post-docs — one and all!). Participants will be grouped with 3 to 4 other Astrobiologists of diverse backgrounds who will work together leading up to and over the course of RFG to write and present a proposal. Participants will then panel-review other proposals, and the winners will be featured in the NAI newsletter. RFG will be located at RPI’s Darrin Freshwater Institute (DFWI) on Lake George in New York, with meals, lodging, and transportation to and from DFWI provided for all RFG participants.
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